Life after Hurricane Katrina forever altered the economy of Louisiana. If you have struggled to keep a roof over your heads, food on the table and a job to keep it all possible, there may be assistance available to help you through the tough stretches of time. By looking into what Louisiana has to offer single mothers, you may be able to get enough breathing room to relax for just a bit.
As children grow up they require more and more sustenance to keep life moving. Oftentimes, as children require more food, the quality of food that a single mother is able to afford goes down. In these instances, it might be helpful to look into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This program helps low income families by providing EBT funds to help supplement the nutrition of children and elderly. http://www.dss.state.la.us/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=93 While there are eligibility requirements, the website will answer the majority of your questions and provide a link to the application.
There is also the WIC program which can be a great supplemental grocery provision. WIC provides vouchers for nutritious items such as milk, cereal, beans, and peanut butter. It is designed for pregnant mothers, children under five, and women who are nursing to help boost their nutrition at these important stages of life.
Not every injury can be healed by a kiss and a band aid. In the times when your child really needs to go to the doctor, it is important to be able to do so without worry about how much it will cost. Some businesses provide health insurance to their employees, but many single moms either cannot afford it or simply don’t make enough to qualify.
The Louisiana Medicaid Program is available for children up to 19 and sometimes the parents of the children. You must go through an application process for qualification but if approved your children will receive medical, vision, and dental care at no cost to you. To find out more about the program go to http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/offices/?ID=92 .
Child Care Assistance
Perhaps you are lucky and your child is school-aged. School aged children often have afterschool care as part of their school system, but if you have a child who is too young for school, you must find a place for them to go in order for you to work. It can be scary and intimidating the first time you have to leave your child, you may wonder if he is safe or if she is getting changed enough times. The Louisiana Child Care Assistance Program is able to help bring peace of mind to single mothers. http://www.dss.state.la.us/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=136 Look at the information on the website to see if it is a program that you could use.
It may not be convenient, but it is possible to hold a job and not have your own personal transportation. While carpooling is becoming quite popular in today’s society, there is also public transportation. Many cities offer a form of bus service to a large portion of their cities. If you are interested in locating routes or stops, visit http://www.dss.state.la.us/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=136 to get more information.